Marfa Dialogues

Cassandro, the Exótico!

August 9, 2019


Ballroom Marfa presents
Cassandro, the Exótico! directed by Marie Losier. Courtesy Urban Distribution International.
In the courtyard at Ballroom Marfa
With special appearance from Cassandro and DJ set by Tokyo Bois.
8:30pm | Free

In case of rain, we will screen the film at the Marfa Visitor Center.


Ballroom Marfa presents a free screening of Cassandro, The Exótico! – a unique and intimate portrait of the eponymous lucha libre star who grew up in Juarez, Mexico. The program is a celebration of Cassandro’s life as a former NWA World Welterweight and UWA World Lightweight Champion, and one of the world’s first openly gay luchador wrestlers.

Director Marie Losier beautifully captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. After decades of spinning dives and flying uppercuts in the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exóticos, is now ready to share his journey. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—is ever more timely as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border.

Ballroom will release a special poster and pin for the event to raise money for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid – a nonprofit law firm in Southwest Texas that helps low-income clients find safety, protect their fundamental rights, and preserve their economic stability.

Come early and stay late because Gabriela Carballo of Marfa Public Radio’s Border Beats and Babes program will play border-themed beats, desert-rock, and psychedelic cumbia before and after the screening.

Cassandro, el Exótico! is free and open to the public. Limited seating will be provided, so please bring blankets and lawn chairs.

    This program is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.

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